Science and Engineering Building I

University of California, Merced, California, USA

A lab designed for collaboration

As one of the first three academic buildings at the University of California Merced, the Science + Engineering Building accommodates all laboratory-based instructional and research activities for both the Natural Science and Engineering Divisions.

L-shaped in plan and arranged in three stories, the building bounds two sides of a large campus green. Twenty-three classroom labs, an open academic computing center, and a 60-person seminar room complete the primary student-related spaces. EHDD’s design for this project addresses one of the university’s primary goals: to foster interdisciplinary collaboration between the science and engineering disciplines, as well as faculty and students.

The design of laboratory space is modular and prototypi­cal to easily accommodate shifts in types of activity and densi­ty of personnel while minimizing remodeling costs associated with these programmatic adjustments. Open lab suites, sized to accommodate three or four principal investigators, comprise the majority of the upper two floors. 


Size : 174,000 sq. ft.


US Green Building Council

2010 Citation Award-Excellence in Architecture

AIA San Francisco




San Francisco

500 Treat Ave #201
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 285-9193